The Spirit of Giving: OC’s Partnership with Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm

For 50 years, Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm has been a loyal supporter of OC Connections. Previous owner Jim Boucher, and his wife Lorna, built the partnership with OC Connections (which at the time was called the Oakleigh Centre) to engage and bolster fundraising efforts in the local community.

Neil and Neal (the two Neil’s) purchased Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm in 2000. They had both worked on the farm for many years and carried on the Boucher’s spirit of giving in their own way. Following tradition, they continued to donate their Christmas Trees at wholesale prices for OC Connections’ annual fundraiser.

Since the pandemic, OC Connections has been unable to run the annual Christmas Tree fundraiser, but our partnership with the farm has stayed strong thanks to  the generosity of the two Neil’s and their families. The farm has made a substantial donation to OC Connections in lieu of the annual fundraiser, contributing to our Achieve Fund in support of people living with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and live to their full potential.

We are very happy to continue our relationship with OC connections as we know how important your centre is to your community and their families.

All contributions to the OC Achieve Fund are managed by participants for participants. Previously, funding has been used for furniture and home goods in supported accommodation, sporting equipment, assistive technologies, and access to community events.

We count on the support of donors, sponsors and partners to provide opportunities outside of the NDIS and help our participants achieve greater independence.

We thank Dandenong Christmas Tree Farm for their generous contribution to OC Connections and for supporting the vital work we do in the community. We look forward to continuing our partnership for many years to come.